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Collection Abstract

The collection consists of papers of William McKinley Rigdon from 1930-1982. The papers include correspondence, official military records, clippings, press releases, reports, memoranda, photographs, printed material, two unpublished manuscripts, and a diary (1941) recording Rigdon's naval service as the United States entered World War II. The materials pertain to Rigdon's naval service, particularly as the Assistant Naval Aide (1942-1953) to Presidents Roosevelt and Truman, and after his retirement from the Navy, as Executive Manager of the Virginia Hotel Company. Topics documented by the collection include descriptions of Manila before and during World War II, the Potsdam Conference, and the origins of the Democratic Club (Washington, D.C.).

Date of Gift

2017

Start Date

1930

End Date

1980

Keywords

William McKinley Rigdon, Rigdon

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History

Scope of Collection

8 boxes, 1 scrapbook, seven 16mm film cases, 1 reel. 37 videocassettes.

Gift of Commander Rigdon.

Born in Statesboro in 1904, Commander Rigdon was Asst. Naval Aide to the President from 1942 until his retirement in 1953. He was closely associated with Presidents Roosevelt and Truman.

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